During the summer I was inspired by some hat designs which popped into my head. They just wouldn’t leave me alone and, after some encouragement from friends, I wrote them up as patterns. Two of these are already up on Ravelry as free downloads. Alchemilla and the Pebbles Walking Hat. I’ve been so shocked by the warm welcome they’ve received and the wonderful compliments have really encouraged me to continue.
Next up is Daisy May.
This one was a bit trickier. It’s a more complicated/involved pattern and I really struggled for a while to work out the best way to explain what was in my head. I could knit it no problem but changing it into a pattern gave me a headache, but eventually with the aid of some very patient test knitters it’s ready.
I’m rather proud of this one and I’ve knit several as gifts and yes matching mittens (and possibly a scarf) are in the pipeline. Well I’ve procrastinated and stomped my foot like a little child out of nerves but today I’ve finally uploaded it to Ravelry. It’s now available to purchase for £2.00 as a pdf download. It’s my first pattern that I’m charging for and I’d welcome feedback on it. (Now goes and sits nervously in the corner hoping people like it).
Daisy May can be made out of dk or aran weight yarns (I’ve done both with great success) and I’ve never needed more than a single 100g ball. I’ve also used both solid and variegated yarns and loved them both. Because of how the band is knitted it adjusts to your individual head size.
I’ve been absolutely amazed by the responses to some of the hats I’ve been making. Especially to one particular silly little hat……
This hat was only ever intended for me to keep my ears warm while walking the dogs. I wanted something warm with ear flaps, inspired by the big floppy ears of Pebbles the dog.
However, when some friends were over visiting, they loved it! Then another day I took it into work (I was the only person with warm ears that day believe me) and my colleagues all loved it as well. In fact just about everyone wanted to put it on!
There was a lot of pulling faces and clowning about (yes my boss really did pretend it was the helmet of a medieval knight and rode an imaginary horse around the room while wearing it – I think it might have been an imaginary jousting contest but I was laughing to hard to ask). The one thing this hat did for everyone who tried it on was to cheer them up and put a smile on their face. Eventually I decided sometimes it’s cool to look that silly at work……
So this silly little bit of yarn has now been christened the ‘Pebbles Walking Hat’ and I’m hoping to have it test knitted real soon
Recently for no apparent reason a hat design popped into my head and just wouldn’t go away. I tried patiently telling it I wasn’t a knitwear designer and it would be better off pestering someone else, but it just wouldn’t listen. It kept on at me and bullying other ideas in my head.
So, given how obstinate this idea was being I finally relented and agreed to help it get out of my head and into yarn.
Enter my first ever designed hat. It was knit out of two 50g balls of Sirdar Hug I had lying about and I’m rather pleased with it. Yes I know there are fancier designs about, in posher wool, that show much more skill. But this one is mine all mine and just for a little while I’m going to allow myself to feel an incy wincy bit pleased with it…
Oh and yes that is my hair dangling out beneath it and the photos were patiently taken by Maytheweed for me.
Remember that blue hat I made? The one I photographed down the woods with the help of Pebbles the dog… Well I liked it so much I’m making another one.
Yesterday we had a road trip to Woodbridge in Suffolk. A new yarn shop has opened up and naturally we wanted a peek…. Well wouldn’t you? Unfortunately I forgot my camera so no shots of yarn shops for you to oggle at (I know I’m always oggling at photos of yarn shops on peoples blogs) but I can give you a link to their website. It’s called Twist and we enjoyed looking at all the lovely yarn there. They’ve only been open a week so I was a little disappointed as a lot of their stock such as Manos del Uruguay hasn’t arrived yet.
However we did get a peek at the room which is being kitted out for workshops at the back and given it’s not to far away I’m going to be keeping an eye open to see if there will be anything of interest going on. I understand that there will be courses in the new year so hopefully not to long to wait.
We also visited a more established shop called Anjays which sold yarn and fabric. It was a much smaller shop but one of those you can mooch about in (provided you can find the room). I do love a good mooch….
So anyway I came home with two balls of Tapestry yarn by Rowan. I’ve knit with this before and it’s a nice double knit. I have mixed feelings about Rowan as so many of the balls I’ve had in the past have contained knots. I know some knots are going to happen but with Rowan I find a lot more than I think I should.
Anyway those two balls are being knit together into another Weekender hat by Woolly Wormhead.
If this hat works as well as the last one then I’ll be a happy little knitter!
Unfortunately The weather cut short our trip to the woods today. Once again I forgot my camera so it’s just piccys from my phone I’m afraid. The scarf is made from yarn I bought at The Yarn Gallery a few weeks back. I love the colours and I’m hoping that the new Weekender hat will work with it.
Pebbles ran and ran and ran and ran around in circles. I did take some video on my phone but as yet I’ve been unable to work out how to transfer it to my computer. Maybe I’ll get it uploaded during the week……
I'm Mara and this is the main spot for all my ramblings, musings and occasional rants about whatever crosses my mind. It's mainly crafting oriented but I can't promise that other things won't crop up as well....
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